PFW: Christian Dior Autumn/Winter 2011

It was the Paris Fashion Week show which had the industry holding its breath after head designer, John Galliano was accused of making anti-Semitic remarks just a week previously. Now that the famous French fashion house has terminated the designer’s contract, many were anxious to see what would be his last collection after a 15-year run with the label - quite a monumental moment.

Although there were whispers at the start of the week that many front row regulars would boycott the show, it was a full house, or rather tent, in the garden of the Musée Rodin. Many turned out simply to see what would be the end of a chapter of Christian Dior’s history, while the show began with a speech addressing the crowd, reassuring them of the values held by the historic fashion label - without mentioning Galliano’s name.

The show opened to a typical Galliano creation, a floor-sweeping cape coat draped over a patent leather cropped jacket teamed with knee-high black boots and a pair of velvet blue trousers, as worn by Karlie Kloss. It was a sturdy collection, although perhaps just a reminder of what the label has now lost. With an injection of rich colours (deep blue, burgundy, violet), it was lush, with the usual vintage accent that Galliano manages to make his own. 

From structured baby-doll dresses to sheer lacy floor length gowns, the collection was exactly what we have come to expect from Dior, which made for a warm farewell to the head designer considering the unfortunte circumstances.

With Dior yet to announce who will take over from Galliano, the label’s fate hangs in the balance. Galliano gave it new life all those years ago when he first began, and now, we all have our fingers crossed that they can find someone who can give it a rebirth, while, perhaps most importantly, holding true to all we already love about Dior. 


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